Providence's Sam Roecker Named 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College cross country and track & field standout Sam Roecker has been named the 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
 
A senior from Charlton, N.Y., Roecker will receive a $4,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. The Conference also announced the female winners of the 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. Each institutional winner receives $2,000 toward graduate studies. Roecker is Providence's fifth BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year selection since the award was first given in 1985.
 
Roecker helped Providence to a second-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships in November as she finished 134th overall and fifth among Friar runners. She placed 30th overall to help Providence to the NCAA Northeast Regional title and was 24th at the BIG EAST Championships as the Friars took third in the team scoring. 
 
A 2012 captain of the cross country team, Roecker led the Friars to three top-11 national finishes, a regional title and a regional runner-up showing in her career. She also has participated as a member of Providence's indoor and outdoor track & field teams.
 
Roecker holds a 3.6 grade-point average while pursuing degrees in biology and health policy management. She is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma - a national college athlete honor society - and Alpha Epsilon Delta, which is a pre-medical honor society. She is a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection.
 
Roecker has contributed to a number of community service ventures, including volunteering at the Friends of the Poor road race sponsored by the St. Vincent DePaul Society as well as a number of athletics department-sponsored events. She has collected and distributed items for the Amos House, a Providence-based social services agency, and for Shoes4Souls, a charity organization that distributes shoes to people in need.
 
The American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2012-13 academic year. Thirty student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 15 member institutions) will be named as the winners of the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and an American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
 
2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete Awards
 

School

Name

Sport(s)

Major

Cincinnati

Mackenzie Fields

Track & Field

Secondary Education & Mathematics

Connecticut     

Danielle Dakin

Soccer

Exercise Science

DePaul

Katherine Harry

Basketball

Journalism and Public Relations/Advertising

Georgetown

Lindsay Wise

Volleyball

Biochemistry

Louisville

Angelika Uremovich

Soccer

Sport Administration

Marquette

Danielle Carlson

Volleyball

Psychology & Theology

Notre Dame

Kim Holden

Swimming & Diving

Psychology

Pittsburgh

Jonnique Lawrence       

Track & Field

Psychology

Providence

Sam Roecker

Cross Country/Track & Field      

Biology/Health Policy Management

Rutgers

Shannon Woeller

Soccer

Exercise Science & Sport Studies

St. John's

Rikka Lovely

Track & Field

Communicative Arts

Seton Hall

Brittany Hammer

Softball

Business Administration - Marketing

USF

Stephanie Medina

Softball

Criminology

Syracuse

Lauren Penney

Indoor Track & Field

Secondary Social Studies Education

Villanova

Bogdana Mimic

Cross Country

Chemical Engineering

 

American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year

 

Year        

Name, School, Sport

1985

Leigh Curl, Connecticut, Basketball

1986

Joanne Keehs, Villanova, Track & Field

1987

Karen Ferreria, Providence, Volleyball

1988

Noreen Coughlin, Pittsburgh, Volleyball

1989

Vicki Huber, Villanova, Track & Field

1990

Siobhan Gallagher, Providence, Track & Field

1991

Cami White, Providence, Field Hockey

1992

Kelly Larkin, Syracuse, Field Hockey

1993

Nnenna Lynch, Villanova, Track & Field

1994

Allison Williams, Pittsburgh, Track & Field

1995

Becky Spies, Villanova, Cross Country/Track & Field

1996

Najuma Fletcher, Pittsburgh, Track & Field

1997

Jen Renola, Notre Dame, Soccer

1998

Charity Wachera, West Virginia, Track & Field

1999

Gladys Ganiel, Providence, Cross Country/Track & Field

2000

Jenny Streiffer, Notre Dame, Soccer

2001

Ruth Riley, Notre Dame, Basketball

2002

Jarrah Myers, Notre Dame, Softball

2003

Erin McIntyre, Rutgers, Swimming & Diving

2004

Vanessa Pruzinsky, Notre Dame, Soccer

2005

Nicole Lee, Georgetown, Cross Country/Track & Field

2006

Kelly Harrigan, Rutgers, Swimming & Diving

2007

Jessica Javelet, Louisville, Field Hockey

2008

Jillian Drouin, Syracuse, Track & Field

2009

Jennifer Kleinhans, Connecticut, Field Hockey

2010

Meagan Dooley, Pittsburgh, Volleyball

2011

Maya Moore, Connecticut, Basketball

2012

Natalie Kulla, Marquette, Soccer

2013

Sam Roecker, Providence, Cross Country/Track & Field